DISCUSSION: As the blizzard of 2018 continues to impact New England, the above video captures some of the impacts felt in northeast New Jersey. Snow, while light at this time, was heavy at times during the morning and into the early afternoon hours with gusty winds. This can also be represented below (Aviation Weather Center) in the 18Z METAR from Newark International Airport which is reporting blowing and heavy snow, low visibility, winds gusting over 30 mph, and temperatures in the low 20's.
This monster of a storm’s central pressure dropped to a minimum of 950 mb, via WPC’s surface analysis. This was strong enough to drop the pressure around northeast NJ to approximately 984 mb, represented by the picture below of my hand-held barometer. (The thinner hand is the current pressure reading, the thicker hand was the previous pressure the last time the barometer was adjusted).
As mentioned and shown, the winds were gusting throughout the storm which caused blowing and drifting snow. Drifts exceeded a foot in some areas, while snow totals were in the 8-inch range. Below is a picture of such a snow drift.
The blizzard of 2018 was certainly an impressive storm here in northeast New Jersey. While the brunt was felt along the Jersey shore and across southern New England, this will definitely be remembered for not the snow totals, but the incredible and persistent winds and record cold to follow.
Stay tuned for the latest on this and the next snow storms this year here!
©2018 Forecaster Joseph DeLizio